Topic -Issues related to poverty and hunger
2) There is very poor correlation between economic development or agrarian plenty with lower malnutrition. Discuss then what solution should India employ to tackle the problem?(250 words)
Why this question
Malnutrition is a persistent problem for India and is often in news. This article explains that economic development or greater food production is not the solution for malnutrition and discusses alternatives. This question would help you develop a deeper understanding of the issue.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to explain why economic growth or greater food production are not exactly the cure for malnutrition. Thereafter, we need to discuss the reasons behind the problem and discuss ways in which such problems can be resolved.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Highlight India’s position on the global hunger index to explain the magnitude of the problem.
- With the help of examples of Indian states show that neither economic development nor greater food production benefits. Highlight the reasons because the most vulnerable section, the tribals suffer from the problem of malnutrition
- Explain the issues why this problem persists – lack of variety in food intake, poor government service delivery , problems with ICDS scheme etc
- Discuss the way forward – An inclusive and holistic approach, including controlling/regulating food price, strengthening the public distribution system (PDS) and income support policies for making food cheaper are important steps.
Conclusion – Mention that the persistence of this problem is a matter of great shame for India and needs urgent attention and resolution.